Chapter 4
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Possible Side Effects and Adverse Reactions of Carbamazine (Tegretol)

Side Effects:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Unsteadiness
  • Vomiting

Adverse Reactions:

  • Reduction of blood cell production in the bone marrow
  • Decreased red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets
  • Stevens Johnson Syndrome*

Children should have regular blood work to rule out decreased blood cells. Contact the doctor right away if the child has tiredness, weakness, easy bruising or unusual bleeding.

* Stevens Johnson Syndrome is a rare, but serious condition affecting  the skin and mucous membranes.  It is a medical emergency that requires hospitalization. It begins with swelling of the face and tongue, skin pain, blisters, hives, shedding of skin;  the child may also have fever, sore throat, burning eyes, cough. Immediately contact the doctor if your child develops a rash while taking this medication.